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As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking (i) how many people in Copeland were recorded as being in full-time employment in the financial year ending (a) March 1997 and (b) March 2007 and (ii) how many women in Copeland were recorded as being in full-time employment in the financial year ending (a) March 1997 and (b) March 2007. (138638, 138639)
The Office for National Statistics compiles employment statistics for local areas from the annual local area Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation definitions.
Estimates of the number of people in full-time employment, resident in the Copeland constituency, as well as all the other parliamentary constituencies in Great Britain, was provided in an Answer on 3(rd) May 2007, Official Report Volume 459: column 1806W-1807W, reference 135561.
There were 6,000 women, aged 16 and over, resident in the Copeland constituency, in full-time employment for the 12 month period ending in February 1997 based on data from the annual local area LFS. The corresponding estimate, for the 12 months ending in September 2006, the latest available data from the APS, was 8,000.
As these estimates are for a subset of the population in small geographical areas, they are based on small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty. In this case, the sample sizes are not sufficient to give an accurate estimate of even the direction of the change over the period.
Bob Russell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of money not paid each year to the Exchequer through the use by UK-based companies of overseas operations where value-added tax is not paid. 
Bob Russell: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to require UK-based companies to pay value-added tax for transactions undertaken using locations outside the European Union; and if he will make a statement. 
The Government have monitored closely exploitation of the relief by companies making VAT-free supplies from outside the EU, particularly from the Channel Islands. It notes the action already taken by the authorities there to counter such exploitation. In particular we welcome the commitment made by Jersey authorities, in decisions with the Government, to limit the activities of companies continuing to operate on the island, with the associated revenue loss to the Exchequer. The Government remain in discussion with the Guernsey
authorities on this issue. It hopes that they will shortly be in a position to make a similar commitment. The Government will continue to keep the situation under close review.
The Governments Discrimination Law Review are currently considering whether there is a case for prohibiting age discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities and services, including insurance. The Government expect to publish a Green Paper shortly.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases his Department has recorded of employers being in breach of legislation on the national minimum wage; and how many of these cases resulted in a successful prosecution in each year since the coming into force of the relevant provisions. 
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The National Minimum Wage Act 1998 contains a number of provisions empowering enforcement officers to take civil action against non-paying employers and HMRC use these in the first instance when agreement cannot be reached. Agreement is reached in over 95 per cent. of cases without recourse to these measures.
In May 2006 the joint policy on enforcement and prosecutions was agreed between DTI, HMRC and Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Service (RCPO). To date there have been no prosecutions but a number of cases are being investigated by HMRC.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the saving to the Treasury resulting from phasing the nurses pay award in 2007; what percentage of the total money supply this saving represents; and what estimated reduction in inflation is predicted as a result of staging nurses pay in 2007. 
Mr. Timms [holding answer 8 May 2007 ]: The Government aim to strike a balance between the need to pay at levels necessary to recruit, retain and motivate staff, while at the same time ensuring that pay increases do not increase inflationary pressures and are affordable within the overall public finances.
Mr. Anthony Wright: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of staff identified as pre-surplus have been re-assigned to (a) other HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) posts and (b) other Civil Service posts outside HMRC. 
Pre-surplus is the term used by HMRC to denote those individuals whose post or work is no longer being carried out in a particular location, no longer being done by that office or where such changes are planned in the future. This status is also used for offices and parts of the Department where appropriate.
As part of the efficiency savings identified under the Gershon and Lyons reviews HMRC is committed to reducing 25,000 posts by 2011 and pre-surplus is one of
the main ways in which we are working with staff to identify posts and re-deploy staff either within the Department, to other Government Departments or to work outside the Civil Service.
There is a great deal of support available to staff who are in this position, including support workshops, dedicated teams to secure future posts, early retirement packages where appropriate, IT solutions etc.
Ed Balls: The tax exemptions we have introduced provide a significant incentive for employers to help their employees with the costs of childcare, whether in the form of childcare vouchers, workplace nurseries or directly contracted childcare.
HMRC provides comprehensive help and guidance to employers and parents on its website, which is regularly reviewed and updated. This can be found at www.hmrc.gov.uk/childcare. HMRC is also about to publish a new leaflet for parents called "Paying for childcare - getting help from your employer", specifically aimed at explaining what employer-supported childcare is and how it works.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the tax revenue collected from vulture funds registered within the UK in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; 
The UK is committed to tackling the actions of vulture funds. The Chancellor raised this issue with his G8 colleagues at the weekend. The G8 agreed to work together to identify measures to tackle this problem, based on the work of the Paris Club. Since then the Paris Club have confirmed their commitment to avoiding selling their claims on HIPC countries to other creditors who do not intend to provide debt relief under the HIPC initiative. In co-operation with the relevant international institutions, Paris Club creditors have agreed to intensify their work on this issue with a view to identify concrete measures to tackle this problem. See
Mr. Harper: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in (a) England, (b) Gloucestershire and (c) Forest of Dean constituency were paid tax credits in each of the last five years. 
Estimates for the number of in-work families with tax credit awards by country, county, and constituency (based on final family circumstances and incomes for 2003-04 and 2004-05) are published in "Child and Working Tax Credits. Finalised Awards 2003-04 Geographical Analysis" and "Child and Working Tax Credits. Finalised Awards 2004-05 Geographical Analysis". These publications are available on the HMRC website at:
Mr. Timms: Tax credits play a key role in making work pay and reducing poverty, and have helped to lift 600,000 children out of relative poverty since 1996-97. Latest statistics show that take-up of tax credits for families with children was 82 per cent. in 2004-05, rising to 97 per cent. for those on low incomes, significantly higher than for previous comparable systems of support. HMRC has in place a programme of activity further to raise take-up of tax credits amongst eligible families, which will contribute to the Government's objective of halving child poverty by 2010. No estimate has been made yet of the precise contribution that 100 per cent. take-up of tax credits would make to reducing poverty.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit cases have been referred to the Adjudicators Office in the last 12 months; and how many of those (a) have had a successful outcome and (b) have resulted in a recommendation for compensation. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 421W, on welfare tax credits: overpayments, how many notices of warning of legal proceedings if payment is not made were sent to individuals claiming tax credits in each month from April 2003 to March 2007. 
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any debts owed to the Child Support Agency will be written off once it has been replaced by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. 
Mr. Plaskitt: I refer the right hon. Member to sections 5.38 and 5.39 on page 79 in the child maintenance White Paper A new system of child maintenance (Cm 6979) and section 5.38 page 75 in A new system of child maintenanceSummary of responses to the consultation (Cm 7061).
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